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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Recycled Greeting Cards

Created on September 26, 2016 by OneToughCookie

Students will create new greeting cards from recycled old greeting cards. This is a individual & group project.

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1. SWBAT recycle old greeting cards

2. SWBAT study and have a discussion on the design choices artists makes for greeting cards.

3. SWBAT design and create their own greeting cards as part of a group and as an individual.

4. SWBAT provide thumbnail sketches of their cards.

5. SWBAT have a discussion with the class on why they designed their cards the way they did.

1. Old greeting cards

2. Paper scraps (cardboard, construction, etc.)

3. Markers, colored pencils or paints

4. Glue

5. Scissors

6. Embellishments (glitter, feathers, etc.)

7. Typing paper (for thumbnail sketches)

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1. Students will bring to school old greeting cards to be turned into new greeting cards that they designed and created.

2. Using some of the greeting cards brought to school discuss the design choices the original artists made for the cards.

3. Next the class will split off into groups. Each group will be given a type of card to create.
* Get well soon
* Happy holidays (students choice of holiday)
* Happy birthday

4. Before starting work on their cards have students produce 4 thumbnail sketches of their card 4 different ways. Then pick one to turn into a greeting card. (Take into account the colors and materials used, plus the placement of text.)

5. Using the old greeting cards as a base, start painting over or glue your pieces of scrap paper over the card to cover up the previous artwork on the card. Then proceed to create your greeting card.

6. Once done, as a group present your card to the class for a discussion.

7. Students will complete steps 3-6 by themselves.

1. Recycled pattern paper (This previous lesson plan works well with this project.)

A fun add-on for this project is to setup a school wide greeting card trade, especially around the holidays.

Abstract Art

Color/Value, Contrast, Rhythm/Pattern

Acrylic, Collage, Colored Pencil, Crayon, Drawing, Marker, Mixed Media, Watercolor